Scott Boras, holding court at the winter meetings, had a nice quote about client Prince Fielder tonight. Asked if geography would influence Fielder’s decision-making this winter, he replied:
“I just think he likes fences that are short to home plate. That’s geographics he likes.”
Boras might half been half-kidding, but it certainly bodes better for the Cubs than it does the Mariners.
(hat-tip to the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt)
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.